Tory MP Abandons University Talk Due to Protestors
David Willets, the universities minister, had to abandon a talk at Cambridge university as it was overrun by angry protesters.
The BBC reported that Mr. Willets was shouted at by a group of 20 protesters as he gave a talk about ‘The Idea of University.'
The protesters go by the name of the Cambridge Defend Education and they are made up of current students, graduates and lecturers. They argued that Mr. Willets would not listen to their reasoning and therefore they stormed the stage.
Members of the group believed that he was simply there to lecture them about how he was destroying higher education and student finance as we know it. They claim that he did not allow them to put forward their argument or hear what they had to say so they took action.
It is reported that the protesters are occupying the lecture theatre as we speak.
This is another sign of the current governments stubbornness against the large opposition to the student fees reform for 2012.
This comes on the same day that Mr. Willets strongly defended the reforms to university finance and said that applications are still high despite the changes.